Starbucks Offers Social Justice, HIV Infected Needles
I don't see much social justice in ordinary Starbucks employees having to clean up the mess that former Attorney General Eric Holder helped inaugurate after the overpriced terrible coffee place's meltdown over accusations of racism.
Maybe Eric can come down there and pick up some of those needles. For social justice.
Starbucks is installing needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms, as well as exploring other solutions to workers' concerns regarding improperly disposed-of syringes and related health risks.
More than 3,700 people signed a petition on Coworker.org calling for Starbucks to place needle-disposal boxes in high-risk bathrooms.
Starbucks workers report finding blood and needles in bathrooms, as well as being pricked by improperly disposed-of needles, risking exposure to HIV and hepatitis.
Maybe a better way to address workers' concerns is to find them jobs at a civilized coffee place, like Coffee Bean or Bill's Diner in Montana.
The coffee giant is exploring possible remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions including installing sharps-disposal boxes, utilizing heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms.
Now your $20 latte also comes with extra heroin. The question though is if you have heroin, why do you need Starbucks?
In October, three Starbucks employees in Seattle told local news that they encountered hypodermic needles on the job nearly every day. They said they had to take antiviral medications to protect themselves from HIV and hepatitis.
This is what working for a social justice company looks like.